ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Kashmiri leadership has termed President Donald Trump’ statement on Kashmir issue as a good omen and has urged that this offer should be fully exploited and we should chalk out a strategy to highlight this offer and cash it in the largest interest of the region.
These views were expressed at a meeting here held under the chairmanship of Syed Fakhar Imam, Chairman Kashmir Committee, and attended by AJK President sardar Masood Khan, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, and representatives of the APHC and Azad Kashmir, Lord Qurban Hussain from Britain, Ghulam Mohammad Safi and other Kashmiri leaders.
The meeting was hosted by AJK president Sardar Masood Khan and it was organised also to appreciate efforts of Lord Qurban Hussain to continue raising the Kashmir issue at the British Parliament and other international forums.
At the meeting, participants welcomed the offer of mediation on Kashmir by President Donald Trump and underlined that this offer had substantiated Pakistan’s long-standing stance that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is international in character and can be resolved through diplomacy and peaceful means.
While some participants counselled caution, others were of the view that this offer should be welcomed and appreciated. The Pakistani and Kashmiri leadership should try to use this new political space on Kashmir created by this development and try to expand it. According toreliable sources, tt was also decided in principal that a broad based international conference on Kashmir and Donald Trump’s offer would be held in Islamabad very soon.
Lord Qurban Hussain promised to inform British and European legislators of latest situation in the region with special reference to Donald Trump’s offer. “It is a golden opportunity to boost the Kashmir issue and to let the world know that even the US President is very concerned over this issue and wants to resolve it as a mediator.
They said that hardliners in the Indian government and parliament should not be allowed to scuttle a diplomatic process for the resolution of the Kashmir issue through third-party mediation. They were of the view that India should be persuaded to come forward to participate in such a process and to create a salutary environment in J&K by ending human rights violations there.
The participants decided to work on a broader outreach agenda for projecting the cause of Kashmir on the international platform and to reinforce diplomatic processes for this purpose. Kashmiris, they said, had suffered for a very long time and it was time to end their sufferings and create conditions conducive for peace and security by once again putting UN Security Council resolutions related to Kashmir on the table for a democratic solution reflecting the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
They also said that the empirical evidence substantiates that bilateral talks have yielded no results. A bilateral approach, as advocated by India, practically excludes Kashmiris and the United Nations from the diplomatic process, thus undercutting the expression of the aspirations of the Kashmiris, who are the key party to the dispute.